How Boarding A Plane Is Way More Complicated Than It Should Be

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The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no senseVox

Those of you who are too cheap to get priority boarding or whatever will understand.

If asked to devise a boarding method without any data, you might settle on this as a pretty sensible one. But the airlines do have data — and numerous studies have shown this is not a good way to board an airplane, in terms of time or customer satisfaction.

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of TomorrowThe Atlantic Cities

It's not the first time a writer has run out of power in a Tesla Model S trying to make it between charging stations. Nate Berg's experience in Middle of Nowhere, California shows the current flaws with long-distance driving in an EV. But how necessary is it to be able to drive your Tesla from coast to coast anyway?

For drivers of electric vehicles, calculations of distance and range are of near-constant concern. How far you want to go must always be less far than your battery can take you. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can get up to 84 miles of range on a full charge — enough for most people's daily commutes and errands, but hardly a long-distance option. The estimated 265-mile range of a fully equipped Tesla Model S has allayed some concerns about having enough juice to get where you want to go. Coupled with the Supercharger network, it's made the idea of taking a battery-powered road trip feasible — even cross-country. Feasible, I quickly find, is not the same thing as simple.

Drowsy-Driving Detection on the Cheap: A College Professor's Plan Could Slash the Tech's Cost – Car and Driver

A feature I'd never thought about much until someone asked me what that little coffee cup light in their C-Class was, so maybe these systems could be useful. A winner would be one that combined it with serving coffee better than what they serve at the Chevron off the highway. For now though, cheaper is good.

Van Dongen said his system would require cheap parts, such as a steering-wheel angle sensor he estimates at five dollars and a small chipset for data processing, which could possibly be installed by an aftermarket shop. While we're certain it'd be more complex and expensive to install than Van Dongen suggests in his research paper—especially since it would require a separate interface to display the alerts and integration into a car's existing electronics—automakers interested in spreading the technology might want to look into verifying his claims.


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Andrew Daisuke

Re: Airplane Boarding.

The solution is simple.

Checking bags is free. Carrying on is $25.00 per bag, and you're allowed one. Purses and briefcases do not count as carry-ons.